Michael Buble shines at Junos with four wins; Nickelback, Young each get two
HALIFAX (CP) – The sugary vocals of Michael Buble dominated the Juno Awards in Halifax on Sunday night, as the fresh-faced crooner took home the evening’s biggest awards.
Even the scantily clad Pamela Anderson, who hosted the show, couldn’t upstage the Vancouver singer, who won a total of four Junos over the weekend including album of the year for It’s Time.
“I don’t know what to say. I feel like Kelly Clarkson a bit,” said Buble on his last trip to the podium.
His haul included artist of the year, and his song Home, a soft-hearted track about feeling homesick, was named single of the year.
“This is a subjective business,” Buble said backstage. “It’s not necessarily true that the best guy or the best girl won tonight . . . but damn it, this feels really good.”
As expected, Anderson’s turn at hosting proved more memorable for her revealing outfits than her dialogue, although she did use the prime-time show to take a few digs at the East Coast seal hunt.
“I don’t mind a little blood on the ice when it’s a hockey rink, but I hate seeing blood on the ice when it’s from baby seals,” said the model and actor from Ladysmith, B.C., who’s been lobbying Ottawa to end the annual hunt.
The 7,500 people gathered at the Halifax Metro Centre reacted with loud boos and just a few cheers.
“I can take it,” she shot back. “I have high heels and they dig in deep.”
With a leading six nominations, Nickelback wasn’t entirely shut out of the Juno game. The rockers earned two trophies – including best group – the night earlier at a dinner celebration where the majority of the 39 awards were distributed.
With just seven awards handed out, Sunday’s two-hour celebration was mostly about live music, featuring energetic performances by Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Hedley and Ottawa’s Massari.
The Junos paid some homage to the country’s flourishing indie-rock community, rewarding Arcade Fire with best songwriter honours for the songs Wake Up, Rebellion (Lies) and Neighbourhood No. 3 (Power Out). The Montreal outfit beat out Neil Young, who had been favoured to win.
Toronto collective Broken Social Scene snagged the hotly contested best alternative album award, edging out Hot Hot Heat, Metric, Tegan & Sara, and the New Pornographers.
“Look at us all. We’re an army, ladies and gentlemen,” said Kevin Drew while accepting the trophy, as 16 of the group’s members, including Feist, worked their way on stage.
“Is there going to be a change in Canadian music? I don’t know.”
Backstage, Drew explained he was referring to the instant star-making machine of Canadian Idol.
“It’s going nowhere,” he said, adding that the music scene has been “repetitive too long.”
A 25-year veteran of the business, Bryan Adams was inducted into the Hall of Fame after an introduction by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Born in Kingston, Ont., Adams launched his career in Vancouver in 1980 and quickly became a household name thanks to a slew of catchy, arena anthems like Straight for the Heart, Run to You and Summer of ’69.
“Had I started anywhere else but Vancouver, I would not be here tonight,” said Adams, wearing his trademark crisp white shirt.
Best new group honours went to Bedouin Soundclash, a reggae-rock outfit formed five years ago while its three members were attending Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. The group made a huge splash last year with the infectious ditty When The Night Feels My Song.
“It’s been a long trip for us,” said front man Jay Malinowski.
Bedouin’s win shut out Canadian Idol finalist Jacob Hoggard’s psuedo-punk band Hedley.
In fact, all four Canadian Idol alumni who’d been nominated this year – including Newfoundland’s Rex Goudie – went home empty-handed.
Aside from Nickelback, Young, the Tragically Hip and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra were double Juno winners.
Superstars Coldplay and Black Eyed Peas tied for best international album, a category determined by both sales figures and votes.
Singer Diana Krall won best vocal jazz album for Christmas Songs. It was the only win for Krall, who’d been contending for five awards this year.
Jason McCoy’s Road Hammers received the trophy for best country recording, while Winnipeg’s The Duhks were honoured with best group roots album.
K’Naan’s Dusty Foot Philosopher snagged best rap recording. Daniel Powter, of Vernon, B.C., was crowned best new artist.
More than 1,000 industry members descended on Halifax for a weekend of festivities.
The celebrations included a charity hockey game Friday night that featured Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and TV stars the Trailer Park Boys.
Nickelback, Jully Black and Hot Hot Heat were among the musicians who spent close to five hours signing autographs for several thousand fans on Saturday.
Next year’s Juno Awards will be hosted by Saskatoon
The complete list of Juno Award winners:
Fan’s Choice: Simple Plan.
Songwriter: Arcade Fire.
Single: Home, Michael Buble.
Album: It’s Time, Michael Buble.
Artist: Michael Buble.
New group: Bedouin Soundclash.
Alternative album: Broken Social Scene, Broken Social Scene.
International album: Tied between X&Y, Coldplay and Monkey Business, Black Eyed Peas.
Instrumental album: Belladonna, Daniel Lanois.
Pop album: It’s Time, Michael Buble.
Rock album: All the Right Reasons, Nickelback.
New artist: Daniel Powter.
Country recording: The Road Hammers, The Road Hammers.
Adult alternative album: Prairie Wind, Neil Young.
Rap recording: The Dusty Foot Philosopher, K’Naan.
Vocal jazz album: Christmas Songs, Diana Krall.
Contemporary jazz album: Radio Guantanamo, Jane Bunnett.
Traditional jazz album: Ask Me Later, Don Thompson Quartet.
Francophone album: Pages blanches, Jim Corcoran.
Children’s album: Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Classical album: solo or chamber ensemble: Albeniz: Iberia, Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Classical album: large ensemble or soloist with large ensemble accompaniment: Beethoven: Symphonies nos.5 et 6, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Classical album: vocal or choral performance: Viardot-Garcia: Lieder Chansons Canzoni Mazurkas, Isabel Bayrakdarian.
Classical composition: String Quartet No. 1 (The Awakening), Christos Hatzis.
Dance recording: Spanish Fly, Hatira & Macca featuring Shawna B.
R&B/soul recording: Back for More, Shawn Desman.
Reggae recording: Reggae Time, Blessed.
Aboriginal recording: Hometown, Burnt Project 1.
Roots and traditional album: solo: Hair in My Eyes Like A Highland Steer, Corb Lund.
Roots and traditional album: group: The Duhks, The Duhks.
Blues album: Let It Loose, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne.
Contemporary Christian/gospel album: Amanda Falk, Amanda Falk.
World music album: Humo De Tabaco, Alex Cuba Band.
Producer: Neil Young, The Painter, Prairie Wind.
Recording engineer: Vic Florencia, Everyday is a Holiday/Melancholy Melody, Wikked Lil Grrrls, Esthero.
CD/DVD artwork design: Rob Baker, Garnet Armstrong, Susan Michalek, Will Ruocco for Hipeponymous, The Tragically Hip.
Video: Devil’s Eye, Micah Meisner, Rich Terfry for Buck 65.
Music DVD: Hipeponymous, The Tragically Hip.
Some of the things heard on and off the stage at the Junos:
“This is a subjective business. . . . It’s not necessarily true that the best guy or the best girl won tonight. It should be an honour just to be nominated, but damn it this feels really good.” – Michael Buble on his four Juno wins.
“I love him very much. He just hugged me backstage, which to be honest was arousing.” – Coldplay’s Chris Martin introducing Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Adams.
“I don’t mind a little blood on the ice when it’s a hockey rink, but I hate seeing blood on the ice when it’s from baby seals.” – Host Pamela Anderson on the East Coast seal hunt.
“I feel really sorry for those kids in Canadian Idol cuz they’re going absolutely nowhere. I think it’s a trick.” – Kevin Drew on Canadian Idols.
“Had I started anywhere else but Vancouver, I would not be here tonight.” – Bryan Adams on his Hall of Fame induction.
“You can never silence the critics. You know who’s even more jaded than critics? Your peers. And if your peers will vote for you, that’s a pretty good sign. It’s more flattering than most people know.” – Chad Kroeger on Nickelback’s two Juno wins including group of the year.
“Since when did Hugh Hefner start producing the Junos?” – Jason McCoy on Pamela Anderson hosting the show.
“My brassiere is entirely made of seal eyelids.” – Singer Jann Arden.
“Canada’s a great place. I wish America could learn from Canada.” – the Black Eyed Peas’s Will.i.am.
We’ll see you next year in Saskatoon!!
Michael Buble shines at Junos with four wins; Nickelback, Young each get two